dop·​ing | \ ˈdō-piŋ How to pronounce doping (audio) \

Definition of doping

: the use of a substance (such as an anabolic steroid or erythropoietin) or technique (such as blood doping) to illegally improve athletic performance

Examples of doping in a Sentence

increased efforts to detect doping at the Olympic Games

Recent Examples on the Web

Stinebaugh sued Landers and his pharmacy for $6 million in El Paso County District Court in 2015 over the positive doping tests on his horses. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Pharmacy owner whose drugs led to doped racehorses admits to peddling unsafe equine drugs," 5 July 2019 Lochte’s latest punishment was the second doping violation by a national team member in the last few days. Beth Harris, The Seattle Times, "US swim nationals set to go on without banned Lochte," 24 July 2018 Hungarian hammer thrower Krisztian Pars, 36, the 2012 Olympic champion, has been banned until July 2019 because of a doping violation., "Richie Incognito, 34, is retiring from the NFL," 10 Apr. 2018 Krushelnytsky’s doping violation puts the Olympic reinstatement of Russia proper in jeopardy. Sean Gregory/pyeongchang, Time, "An Olympic Doping Scandal in Curling — Yes, Curling — Could Have Big Consequences for Russia," 20 Feb. 2018 Suspicions of a doping violation have shocked the Russian team and also the sport of curling, where steady hands and sharp eyes outweigh physical fitness. Author: Mark Trevelyan, Gabrielle Tetrault-farber, Anchorage Daily News, "Russian athlete leaves Winter Olympics amid doping probe," 19 Feb. 2018 Lance Armstrong, who won seven straight Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005 but was stripped of those victories in a doping scandal, will ride July 14 in Boise. Dave Southorn, idahostatesman, "Famed cyclist Lance Armstrong to ride in event, host podcast in Boise," 4 June 2019 Spectators have been taunting four-time champion Froome since he was cleared of doping just before the race started, while Thomas has been whistled and booed at for being Froome’s teammate. Samuel Petrequin, The Seattle Times, "Brailsford blames French cycling culture for abuse of Sky," 23 July 2018 The first doping case of the Jakarta-Palembang games was registered against a wrestler from Turkmenistan. John Pye, Fox News, "Too bad for India as Iran wins Asian Games kabaddi gold," 24 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of doping

1900, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of doping

: the illegal use of a drug (such as a steroid) to improve an athlete's performance


dop·​ing | \ ˈdō-piŋ How to pronounce doping (audio) \

Medical Definition of doping

: the use of a substance (such as an anabolic steroid or erythropoietin) or technique (such as blood doping) to improve athletic performance and that is typically banned in competitive sports … nearly two dozen athletes … have been banned from the Olympics in the last two weeks for doping violations.— Philip Hersh, The Chicago Tribune, 8 Aug. 2008

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